Fred Barnes: "MoveOn.org -- which hates the war, hates the military, hates America -- endorsed Obama"

››› ››› KIRSTIN ELLISON

Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes stated on Fox News' The Beltway Boys that "MoveOn.org -- which hates the war, hates the military, hates America -- endorsed [Sen. Barack] Obama [D-IL]." Media Matters for America has documented numerous media attacks on MoveOn.org.

On the February 2 edition of Fox News' The Beltway Boys, co-host and Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes stated that "MoveOn.org -- which hates the war, hates the military, hates America -- endorsed [Sen. Barack] Obama [D-IL]." Barnes has previously stated that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 2006 letter to President Bush "reads ... [like] some left-wing document," adding that "maybe MoveOn.org will want to run text or something."

Media Matters for America has documented numerous other media attacks on MoveOn.org, including CNN host Campbell Brown's description of the group as "American insurgents" and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's declaration that someone donating money to MoveOn might as well "give to the Nazi Party."

From the February 2 edition of Fox News' The Beltway Boys:

MORTON M. KONDRACKE (co-host): And I think one thing that was encouraging, actually, about her performance, and that was on the issue of Iraq. One, she said -- and Obama did, too -- that she's not pulling out right away. She hopes to get the troops out within a year, but she's not going to precipitously pull them out. And she said that she believes in coercive diplomacy. That is, putting the adversary on the defensive using even the threat of military force. Watch this.

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY) [video clip]: I believe in coercive diplomacy. I think that you try to figure out how to move bad actors in a direction that you prefer in order to avoid more dire consequences.

KONDRACKE: Yeah, well, look -- so, I think, you know, I think she is, you know, not, she's not -- she didn't get the endorsement of MoveOn.org. I think that's a good sign.

BARNES: Yeah, MoveOn.org -- which hates the war, hates the military, hates America -- endorsed Obama. But you're entirely wrong about Hillary Clinton, Mort.

Network/Outlet
Fox News Channel
Person
Mort Kondracke, Fred Barnes
Show/Publication
The Beltway Boys
Stories/Interests
Attacks on Progressives, Propaganda/Noise Machine, Barack Obama, 2008 Elections
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